Been on a trip to Kerala last weekend and it was an overnight train journey.I travelled by sleeper class to save some money!Trust me, sleeper class is the best place for some solid entertainment in the train.Its fun to watch people around you.I managed to crouch and sit on my seat when a family of 4 landed in the same cubicle as mine. There was a husband, wife , a baby and a 12 yr old girl.Its amazing to see the luggage people carry. Guess they had one whole bag for diapers alone, one bag for food and snacks, one water kettle, so on so forth. Travelling with kids is such a pain I say.As soon as they dumped all their luggages under the seats, the wife asked her husband loudly "why didnt you book tickets in the 3rd A/c?" making sure everyone around heard her.Her husband very religiously answered her saying the tickets werent available. Thought she would stop there, oh she didnt. She again loudly asked her already petrified husband why he did not book tickets in 2nd A/c and went onto describe about the A/c effect there, curtains, reading lights and how they could all get down at the destination without wearing the tired look.And after all this, she herself quietened down by saying" oh, 2nd A/c la waiting listaa".Guess the bragging gave her some happiness.
Then there was a newly married couple who held hands through out the journey.They sat closeby, ate in the same plate,ate the same chappathi by breaking it into small pieces, had water in the same glass.Thank God, they did not sleep in the same berth.
There were two old men sitting on the side berth who had a tough time with the 12 year old girl nagging them for a place there.Unable to bear the girl's tantrums, they went to sleep blissfully.
Travails like these make the train journey memorable, and so was mine too.
10 years ago